Monday, 21 January, 2019

Rail roko by job-seekers, services between Matunga, Dadar suspended

Mumbai Students protest on railway tracks demanding jobs services from Kurla and Dadar suspended Rail Mumbai Twitter
Melinda Barton | 20 March, 2018, 15:50

"Applicants who completed the Apprenticeship course have also been given an age relaxation equal to the period of apprenticeship", said the Railway Minister in an official statement.

Addressing a hurriedly-called press conference, Mr Goyal said 20 per cent of the posts were reserved in keeping with the "various judgements pronounced by the Supreme Court from time to time and as per section 22 (1) of the Apprentices Act". "Apprentices can apply against this notification and Special Examination will shortly be held for apprentices who have done training in Railway Workshops under the Apprentices Act".

The Indian Railways is one of the world's largest train networks, criss-crossing the country from north to south.

Demanding jobs in railway sector, the students of the All India Act Apprentice Association earlier today staged a protest on the railway tracks between Matunga and Dadar station in Mumbai, hampering the rail services for hours.

All four lines were affected between Matunga and CSMT.

"There has been no recruitment for four years". Over ten students have committed suicide. "We can not let such things happen", a student had told PTI. "Several prayers made to DRM (Divisional Railway Manager of Mumbai Division) have failed", another student said. According to reports, the police resorted to lathi charge on the students to control the crowd. Some retaliated by pelting stones at the police.

Among the injured, five are Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel and six are from Railway Protection Force (RPF).

Meanwhile, thousands of commuters, who were stranded for hours in trains which bore the brunt of the agitation, alighted from the coaches and were seen walking along the railway tracks.

After the intervention of top CR officials and the Railway Ministry with a written assurance to the protestors, the agitation was finally withdrawn at around 10.45 a.m. and the highly-vulnerable system started limping back to normal.

After calling off the protests, many students met MNS Chief Raj Thackeray to discuss the issue.

With the strike by the drivers of app-based taxis on Monday, more than 4.5 million commuters had to face problems for the second consecutive day.